Niantic responds to recent Pokemon Go changes... sort of
Pokemon Go pushed out a new update over the weekend on iOS and Android devices, and players weren't too happy with some of the changes. In particular, players are incensed that developer Niantic has completely disabled the "nearby Pokemon" system which indicated a player's proximity to a spawned critter with footprints, as well as blocking popular third-party tracking sites Pokevision.
In a statement posted to its official Facebook page, Niantic said it had removed the footprints feature with the intention to reintroduce it after improvements: "The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature."
As for third-party trackers, Niantic noted that these sites posed an additional strain on the game's servers, which are already getting seriously hammered in the wake of the ongoing international roll-out. In fact, you may've noticed fewer outages in the past few days since the app's update, which we might take as a sign that servers are starting to stabilize.
The full statement follows below. It's not perfect -- Niantic doesn't talk specifics about when it intends to bring the footprints system back, or if it will reverse its policy on tracking services like Pokevision after the initial rush has worn off -- but it at least signals the company is trying to do something to improve transparency with players.
(h/t Popular Science.)